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In regard to the "Capitol Issues" column [October 1995], which seems to present the Occupational Safety and Health Administration as the guardian of safety and friend of the small-businessman [sic], I must take exception. I get the feeling [author Stephen] Barlas thinks OSHA is our friend and the 104th Congress is the enemy that would put us all at risk.

I run a small business that has an extremely good record for safety and minimal hazard for its employees, and OSHA regulations have added 15 to 20 percent to our overhead through ridiculous regulations. In a poor economy, these costs don't get passed on-you eat them. You are under constant threat from irate employees who could initiate an inspection that could produce enough fines to put you out of business instantly.

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